Blood of the Holy, Taint thy Steel (Baphomet Records) Enslain Magazine Issue #8
Black Metal from the States! This looks like it, sounds like it, but something is different. It's very riff-oriented, with no keyboards. Everything here has a unique tone. The snare drum is deep, but not too much so, and still stands out during the faster sections. The guitars have a certian timbre that is ominous and viscious. The riffing itself is good, but individual phrases sometimes tend to be over-played, resulting in a monotonous droning effect. It is more effective on some songs than others. There seems to be greater emphasis on chords in this music as opposed to single-line passages, which are also present, but the former aspect gives this an "older" feel, not nearly retro, but slightly different from the standard fare of today. -- Rich